Justin Gaethje’s first fight for the World Series of Fighting did not take long.
Gaethje, a former NCAA All-American wrestler, let his striking do all the work in a first-round stoppage of JZ Cavalcante in the opening bout of the main card at WSOF 2 on Saturday.
Gaethje (8-0, 6 KOs) used an array of punches, uppercuts, and elbows to open a large cut on the head of Calvalcante. Doctors examined the gash and called an end to the lightweight fight at 2:27.
Fighting out of Denver, Colo., Gaethje said he believes in taking the offensive.
“That always the plan — the bell rings you move forward,” he said. “Don’t take a step backwards.”
Cavalcante, fighting out of Deerfield Beach, Florida, fell to 16-7 with the loss.
“It’s always good to bring new blood into the game, but if we can do it again, it’s going to be my pleasure,” he said.